Adjective "salicylic" definition and examples

(Salicylic may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A bitter compound present in certain plants. It is used as a fungicide and in the manufacture of aspirin and dyestuffs.
  1. 'To treat seborrheic dermatitis, look for shampoos that contain coal tar, zinc pyrithione, selenium sulfide or salicylic acid.'
  2. 'Anti-acne creams contain compounds such as salicylic acid, sulphur, and triclosan that are effective at killing bacteria and reducing the signs of acne.'

More definitions

1. of or derived from salicylic acid.

More examples(as adjective)

"acids can be salicylic."

"ointments can be salicylic."


Mid 19th century: salicylic from French salicyle (the radical of the acid), from Latin salix, salic- ‘willow’.